Bárbara Mori

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Barbara Mori
Bárbara Mori Premios Fénix 2018 (45736729002).jpg
Mori in 2018
Born
Barbara Mori Ochoa

(1978-02-02) 2 February 1978 (age 42)
Montevideo, Uruguay
NationalityMexican
Uruguayan
OccupationActress, model, producer, writer
Years active1997–present
Children1
RelativesKenya Mori (siste)

Bárbara Mori Ochoa (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbaɾβaɾa ˈmoɾi oˈtʃoa]; born 2 February 1978) is an Uruguayan-born Mexican actress, model, producer and writer. She is known for playing the main character in the 2004 telenovela Rubí, one of the most successful telenovelas of all time[1][2]. Since 2005 she has appeared as the lead character in several Hollywood and Bollywood films such as My Brother's Wife (2005), Violanchelo (2008), Insignificant Things (2008) produced by Guillermo del Toro, Kites (2010), Cantinflas (2014) and Treintona, soltera y fantástica (2016).

Mori started her career in 1992 as a fashion model at the age of 14, later she became an actress when she co-starred in 1997 on the smash TV-hit Mirada De Mujer with TV Azteca; then, she starred in the soap opera Azul Tequila. She has also appeared in several lists as one of the most beautiful Mexican actresses of all time.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Mori was born in Uruguay on 2 February 1978. Her paternal grandfather was Japanese.[4] Her mother is of Lebanese descent.[5] She has two siblings, actress Kenya Mori and Kintaró Mori. Her parents divorced when she was three years of age, Mori spent her early childhood between Mexico and Uruguay and finally settled in Mexico City at the age of twelve.[6]

Early work (1992–1997)[edit]

One day, while working as a waitress at the age of fourteen, fashion designer Marcos Toledo invited her to work as a model. She became independent by the age of seventeen and went to live with her cousins.[7] At nineteen she met actor Sergio Mayer, who would later become father to their son Sergio, born in 1998.[8] They never married.

She later studied acting in El Centro de Estudios de Formación Actoral. She made her acting debut in the Mexican telenovela Al norte del corazón. She then participated in the comedy series Tric Tac and Mirada de mujer the following year. She obtained her first TVyNovelas Award for her role in Mirada de mujer for Best New Actress.

Commercial success (1998–2003)[edit]

In 1998, Bárbara Mori got her first leading role as "Azul" in the series Azul Tequila, co-starring with Mauricio Ochmann. A year later she filmed the series Me muero por tí in Miami, with Peruvian actor Christian Meier. Later, she acted in various other telenovelas, including the Telemundo telenovela Amor descarado.

In 2001, she got her first film role in the romantic comedy Inspiración, the film was a box-office success in cinemas.

In 2002, she playing the villain role as a seductive college student in the telenovela Subete A Mi Moto opposite Vanessa Acosta.

Consolidation (2004–2008)[edit]

In 2004, she signs with Televisa and starred as Rubí, a smash TV-hit and highly–rated Mexican soap opera, of the same name, which earned her another TVyNovelas Award.

In 2005 she obtained the starring role in the blockbuster film La mujer de mi hermano as Zoe, and her husband was portrayed by Christian Meier, with whom she had previously co-starred in Me muero por tí. At the same year she lent her voice in the Spanish-language version for the movie Robots.

She also had the leading role in "Pretendiendo", a Chilean/Mexican-backed movie which was critically panned.[9]

Barbari Mori in 2014

International film success (2009–2011)[edit]

In 2009, she starred in the psychological crime thriller Amor, Dolor y Viceversa alongside Leonardo Sbaraglia, the drama is about a female architect who is involved in the murder of the fiancee of a promising surgeon, who allegedly saw in her nightmares. The crime-drama was filmed in Mexico city and is produced by Mori. The film earned mixed reviews from critics and viewers.[10][11]

In 2011, she got the main role in the action-drama "Viento En Contra", alongside actors Héctor Arredondo and Fernando Luján, in which she played a successful and promising CIO, who is unjustly involved in a police chase due to a scandal of a financial fraud. The film was distributed by Warner Bros and received mixed reviews by critics. The drama was filmed on locations of Mexico city and Valle de Bravo. Mori was the producer of the film.[12]

Indian film producer Rakesh Roshan signed her as the leading lady for his movie Kites opposite his son, Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan. It was shot in New Mexico, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, it went into production by the end of July 2008, and was released on 21 May 2010.

Mori was diagnosed with early stage cancer and is now a proud survivor. She talks about her journey in UniGlobe Entertainment's docu-drama titled 1 a Minute made by actress Namrata Singh Gujral.[13]


Personal life[edit]

In 1996, Mori began a relationship with actor Sergio Mayer, with whom she has a son, Sergio Mayer Mori, born in 1998. The couple separated shortly after. In 2016 she wed baseball player Kenneth Ray Sigman.[14] The couple divorced in 2017 only a year into their marriage.[15]

Mori's son had a daughter, Mila, in November 2016, making her a grandmother at 38.

Filmography[edit]

Telenovelas, Series, Films, Theater
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Tric Trac Special Appearance
Al norte del corazón Special Appearance
1997–98 Mirada de mujer Mónica San Millán Supporting Role
1998–99 Azul Tequila Azul Vidal/Soledad Protagonist
1999-00 Me muero por ti Santa Protagonist
2000 Inspiración Alejandra Film
2001 Amores, querer con alevosía Carolina Morales Protagonist
2001 Vaselina, el musical Theatrical Performance
2002 Vaselina, al revés Theatrical Performance
Celos dije Theatrical Performance
2002–03 Súbete A Mi Moto Nelly Noriega/Nelly Toledo Main Antagonist
2003–04 Mirada de mujer: El regreso Mónica San Millán Supporting Role
Amor Descarado Fernanda Lira Protagonist
2004 Rubí Rubí Pérez Ochoa de Ferrer/Fernanda Martínez Pérez/Rivera Pérez Protagonist/Antagonist
2005 Pretendiendo Helena/Amanda Film
La mujer de mi hermano Zoe Film
Robots Cappy (voice) Film-Mexican version
2007 Por siempre Film
2008 Cosas insignificantes Paola Film
Violanchelo Consuelo Film
2009 Amor, dolor y viceversa Consuelo Film
2010 Kites Natasha/Linda Bollywood Hindi debut
1 a Minute Star Film
2010 El coleccionista Miranda Theatrical Performance
2011 Viento en Contra Luisa Braniff Film
2014 Cantinflas Elizabeth Taylor Film
2014 Dos Lunas Soledad/Luna Garcia TV Series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ariel Awards[edit]

Year Category Film Result
2020 Best Supporting Actress[16] El Complot Mongol Pending

Premios TVyNovelas[edit]

Barbara Mori
Year Category Telenovela Result
1998 Best Female Revelation Mirada de mujer Won
2005 Best Lead Actress Rubí Won

Premios Juventud[edit]

Year Category Nominee Result
2005 Girl of my Dreams Rubí Won
2006 Girl of my Dreams Bárbara Mori Won
2007 She Steals the Show La mujer de mi hermano Won

Premios People en Español[edit]

Year Category Film Result
2010 Best Actress Kites Won[17]

Premios Canacine[edit]

Year Category Film Result
2005 Mexican Actress of the Year La mujer de mi hermano Won[18]
2009 Mexican Actress of the Year Cosas insignificantes Nominated[19]
2011 Mexican Actress of the Year Viento en contra Won[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "7 Telenovelas that captured the world's heart". Latin Times.
  2. ^ "Las mejores telenovelas de la historia". 20minutos.es.
  3. ^ "Las 20 actrices de telenovelas mas bellas de todos los tiempos". Univision.com.
  4. ^ (in Spanish) Entrevista Bárbara Mori (Parte II)
  5. ^ "Bárbara Mori la uruguaya que conquistó México". Quien.com.
  6. ^ Bárbara Mori en la cima y con los pies bien puestos en la tierra
  7. ^ "Biography". iespana.es. Archived from the original on 25 January 2006. Retrieved 9 February 2006.
  8. ^ Entrevista Bárbara Mori (Parte III)
  9. ^ Ugly Me, retrieved 18 January 2019
  10. ^ "Bárbara Mori en Amor, Dolor y Viceversa" (in Spanish). detelenovelas.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Barbara Mori: "Apuesta por un amor, dolor y viceversa"" (in Spanish). sites.google.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Bárbara Mori habla de la película Viento en Contra" (in Spanish). starmedia.com. 22 September 2011. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Mcg | Indian Star Rallies Celebrity Support For Cancer Movie". Contactmusic. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Se casan Barbara Mori y Kenneth Ray Sigman". 27 February 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  15. ^ Bárbara Mori se divorcia después de un año de matrimonio Consultado el 8 de octubre de 2018
  16. ^ "Ariel 2020: Lista completa de nominados". Cine Premiere (in Spanish). G21 Comunicación Entertainment. 23 July 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  17. ^ Bárbara Mori fue considerada como mejor actriz por el filme Kites
  18. ^ Bárbara Mori gana premio Canacine 2006 Archived 4 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Nominados a los premios Canacine 2010 Archived 22 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Ana Serradilla y Bárbara Mori compartieron el premio Canacine 2012 como Mejor actriz

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